Waymo-Uber trial delayed over new evidence

A federal judge overseeing the high-profile patent theft case between Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc. delayed the beginning of the trial after new information emerged from a former Uber employee detailing the company’s efforts to conceal possibly illegal behavior, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The trial was set to begin next Tuesday in San Francisco.

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup received a letter from the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California investigating allegations into anticompetitive behavior at the ride-hailing company, according to court filings.

The letter, currently under seal, centers on information provided by Ric Jacobs, a former security analyst with Uber, and details the company’s efforts to erase communications and documentation related to possible theft of intellectual property.

Jacobs was employed by Uber from March 2016 to April 2017, according to his LinkedIn page. Court filings indicate a letter from Jacobs’ attorney to Uber counsel Angela Padilla details efforts to steal trade secrets from competitors. Jacobs, testifying during the final pre-trial hearing, denied the allegations as “hyperbolic,” according to the Journal.